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14 November 2019Venice - From Canaletto to Monet

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Venice - From Canaletto to Monet Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes Thursday 14 November 2019

The festive works of Canaletto and Francesco Guardi, the last great eighteenth century painters of views, shaped the image of Venice in the minds of northern Europeans long after the city’s demise. Subsequently the most important pictures of Venice of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were painted by some of the most progressive artists from Europe and the United States. These included Turner, Manet, James McNeill Whistler, Walter Sickert, John Singer Sargent, Paul Signac, and Monet. Captivated by its unique atmosphere and beauty these artists found new approaches to challenge the run-of-the-mill visual stereotypes, developing their own unique strategies and techniques, marking a turning point in their work and making considerable contributions to the development of modern art.

Our special interest day will comprise three lectures with a buffet lunch, soft drinks and tea and coffee on arrival. Tickets will be on sale from the September lecture. Futher details of the day will be issued nearer the time.


Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes is an experienced guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern and lectures at various art societies and institutions. She has a special interest in British and European art of the late 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Having gained an MA in film and television practice, Jennifer had a long-standing career spanning twenty years as a television producer/director making documentaries and factual programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She was also a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck, University of London and a senior lecturer at Southampton Solent University in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Society.